Published: Oct 31, 2012 4:52 PM EDT
Updated: Nov 01, 2012 6:30 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) - Here's an image few expected to see less than a week before Election Day: President Barack Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie standing side-by-side in a show of unity.

Obama is in New Jersey touring damage from superstorm Sandy with Christie.

Politics makes strange bedfellows, and never more so than when natural disaster strikes. Christie, a Republican, has been one of Mitt Romney's most vocal supporters and is himself considered a possible future presidential candidate.

Christie has been praising Obama's response to the storm and says the election will work itself out. Both Romney and Obama paused campaigning Monday and Tuesday as millions struggled with the storm's aftermath.

Republicans say Christie is simply doing his job for residents of New Jersey and still solidly supports Romney.